Satellite Images By Amnesty International Suggest Wide Scale Destruction In Baga

Doro Gowon Satellite view on 2 Jan 2015 and 7 Jan 2015Satellite images released on Thursday by human rights organisation, Amnesty International, suggested that there was a wide scale destruction by Boko Haram insurgents in Baga, as a result of last week’s attack.

“In Baga, a densely populated town less than two square kilometres in size, approximately 620 structures were damaged or completely destroyed by fire.”

While, “in Doron Baga more than 3,100 structures were damaged or destroyed by fire affecting most of the 4 square kilometre town.”

Initial casualty figures resulting from the Baga attack were pegged at 2000, which Nigeria’s Defence Headquarters debunked and said was below 300.

However, Amnesty International said its new images provided “indisputable and shocking evidence” of the scale of the attack on the towns of Baga and Doron Baga by Boko Haram militants.

According to the organisation, “Before and after images of two neighbouring towns, Baga (160 kilometres from Maiduguri) and Doron Baga (also known as Doro Gowon, 2.5 km from Baga), taken on 2 and 7 January show the devastating effect of the attacks which left over 3,700 structures damaged or completely destroyed. Other nearby towns and villages were also attacked over this period.

“These detailed images show devastation of catastrophic proportions in two towns, one of which was almost wiped off the map in the space of four days,” said the Nigeria researcher for Amnesty International, Daniel Eyre.

 

Although Nigerian military attributed the mass exodus of residents from Baga to repeated attacks by the insurgents, Amnesty International further insisted last week’s attack was the “largest and most destructive” yet.

Scores Feared Killed In Borno Attack

Borno AttackScores of people are feared killed by militant groups believed to be members of Boko Haram after they launched an attack on Damasak, a town on the border with Niger Republic.

Eyewitnesses told our correspondent that gunmen in a convoy of Toyota Hilux vehicles and motorcycles, on Monday morning, attacked the town located in Mobar Local Government Area of Borno State, with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and petrol bombs, killing scores of the residents.

The gunmen were said to have also torched and looted several houses and shops, before soldiers rushed to the area at about 11.45AM.

Many of the residents were reported killed as they fled into a river and nearby towns.

It was also gathered that the gunmen were dressed in military uniform, giving the impression that they were there to protect Damasak, only to launch an attack on the town.

Damasak is about 187 kilometres north of Maiduguri, the state capital.

The Borno attack comes after the killing of over 40 fishermen and traders at the weekend by the militants at Doron Baga, 155 kilometres east of Damasak, the council headquarters of Mobbar.

Boko Haram Kills Over 40 Fishermen In Chad

BokoHaram-WIT-GUNS 1Islamist militants from Nigeria’s Boko Haram have reportedly killed 48 people in an attack on fish sellers near the border with Chad.

A fish traders’ group said some victims had their throats slit whilst others were tied up and drowned in Lake Chad.

The attack took place on Thursday, but the news took several days to come to light because Boko Haram has destroyed mobile phone masts in the area.

It was the second major attack in two days by Boko Haram.

In Thursday’s attack, the traders were on their way to Chad to buy fish when militants blocked their path near the village of Doron Baga, some 180km (112 miles) north of Maiduguri in Borno state.

Abubakar Gamandi, the head of the fish sellers’ association, said the militants had used no guns.

“The attackers killed their victims silently without the use of the gun to avoid attracting attention from the multi-national troops,” he told AFP news agency.

On Wednesday, Boko Haram gunmen attacked the village of Azaya Kura, also in Borno State, killing at least 45 people.

In this attack too, victims’ hands were tied behind their backs and their throats were slit. The attack was apparently aimed at punishing the community after four insurgents were pointed out to soldiers and were shot dead.

Boko Haram has been waging an insurgency in Nigeria since 2009.

It has stepped up attacks against civilian targets since the Nigerian military launched an offensive against the group last year.

Suspected Sect Members Kidnap 97 In Borno

Boko HaramResidents of Doron Baga village in Borno State, Nigeria’s restive north-eastern region, have said that suspected sect members have kidnapped 50 residents after a raid.

Eyewitness accounts said that 26 people were also killed during the raid.

Several witnesses who fled after the raid, said that attempts by the villagers to fend off the attack was unsuccessful, as militants clothed in military and Police uniforms had burned several houses and that 97 people were unaccounted for.

“They left no men or boys in the place; only young children, girls and women….They were shouting ‘Allah Akbar’ (God is greatest), shooting sporadically. There was confusion everywhere.

“They started parking our men and boys into their vehicles, threatening to shoot whoever disobey them. Everybody was scared,” said Halima Adamu.

In April 2013, over 2000 homes in Baga were destroyed and over 185 died, caused by fighting between the Nigerian military and the Boko Haram sect.

Baga is a town in the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno, close to Lake Chad, and lying northeast of the town of Kukawa.

It is located within the Kukawa Local Government Area.

The town is approximately 196km from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State.

The “Doron Baga” fish market, as of 2000, was located about six kilometres from the town.

Baga used to lie on the border of Lake Chad and was a fishing center itself in the 1960s and 1970s, but the diminishing size of the lake has caused fishermen to move, and others have turned to subsistence farming.